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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Tuesday, 3 October 2006
Five Stucco Studies - A Neighborhood School
Topic: Color Studies
Five Stucco Studies - A Neighborhood School

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, HollywoodThe neighborhood school is the Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue, a few steps south of Sunset, just around the corner from Crossroads of the World. This is a New York conservatory-style professional studio - two stages and one open space, three hundred current students, with Fine and eight additional "master faculty" members.

The site lists those who have studied and are studying with Fine - "Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Diana Ross, Jennifer Connelly, Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jon Bon Jovi, Kim Delaney, Elle McPherson, Brooke Shields, Darryl Hannah, Kelli Williams, Alison Eliot, Chris Meloni, Rosanna Arquette, Lee Tergesen, Claudia Schiffer, Jason Priestly, Michelle Williams, and currently Garry Shandling, Salma Hayek, Gerry Butler, Mark Dacascos, David Eliot, Heather Locklear, Richie Sambora, Michelle Kwan, Michael Chiklis, James Belushi, Scott Wolf, Rob Estes, Lori Loughlin, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Maura Tierney, Adrian Pasdar, Heather Tom, Elizabeth Berkeley, Jared Leto, Jack Noseworthy, Danny Nucci, Tisha Campbell, David Faustino, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Estella Warren, and Tori Spelling, among others."

Someone chose the stage name Jack Noseworthy? It must be a Cyrano thing.

Be that as it may, the building is all angles and colors - the stucco work is fine, nothing special, but the colors are startling. These shots are from noon, Tuesday, October 3 - not a celebrity in sight, anywhere. This is an exercise in color and composition.

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Study, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 1445 North Las Palmas Avenue at Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood


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Monday, 2 October 2006
Studies in Geometry
Topic: Geometric Shapes
Studies in Geometry
One block in Culver City, Washington Boulevard at Mentone Avenue, mid-September 2006 - a back wall at a Columbia Pictures outbuilding, the lobby of a small graphics firm, mechanicals seen through a glass cover at Premier Motorsport, and looking up.

A back wall at a Columbia Pictures outbuilding, Culver City, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lobby of a small graphics firm, Culver City, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferrari F430 engine detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star Studios (formerly MGM), Culver City, California


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Sunday, 1 October 2006
October Los Angeles, Low-End Noir
Topic: Light and Shadow
October Los Angeles, Low-End Noir
Sunday, October 1 - late afternoon, dark and dismal, but warm, with a few drops of fitful something or other from the sky (certainly not rain) - and the scene is the seedy end of Santa Monica Boulevard, east of everything. It's what you see when the town turns all low-end noir. Below these shots are links to the seventeen pages of high-resolution photographs just posted in this weekend's Just Above Sunset, the magazine-format parent to this web log. They are not noir. 

Nadine's Records - Santa Monica Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank billboard - Santa Monica Boulevard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hollywood Architecture - The North Harper Avenue Historic District

Amazing Machines - Things to Do On a Sunday Afternoon in Hollywood, like dropping by the Second Annual Route 66 Highway of Dreams Charity Car Show Sunset Strip Images
Botanicals - Extreme Roses


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Friday, 29 September 2006
Extreme Roses
Topic: Botanical Studies
Extreme Roses
Noted curbside, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29 -

Rose, close-up, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose, close-up, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose, close-up, Alta Drive, Beverly Hills, Friday, September 29


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Thursday, 28 September 2006
Angels in the Neighborhood
Angels in the Neighborhood
As seen in the Harper Avenue Historic District just south of the Sunset Strip - roughly North Harper Avenue between Fountain and De Longpre, in what is now West Hollywood. It's on the National Register of Historic Places - a block of fantastic and elaborate apartment buildings from Hollywood's Golden Age. As noted with the previous photographs, it's an architectural giggle - extreme Art Deco, Spanish Colonial Revival, Monterey Revival, elaborate Italianate monsters - and fountains and statues, hidden gardens and fantastic ironwork and detailing. There will be a full photo spread in the upcoming Sunday issue of Just Above Sunset, the magazine-format parent to this website. But here's some of the detail - the angels, and a bit more.  

The Lightness of Being - Patrick T. McGrath - 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel statue, not identified, North Harper Avenue, West Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villa Sevilla (1931) - 1338-52 North Harper Avenue

"Elwood Houseman was the builder and Julia Morgan was believed to have been the architect of this two-story Monterey Revival courtyard apartment building. The Monterey Revival was virtually the only revival style executed during the 1930's that had any association with the early California architecture. The architectural prototype of the Monterey style was built by Thomas Larkin in 1840."

 Villa Sevilla (1931) - 1338-52 North Harper Avenue, West Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Villa Sevilla (1931) - 1338-52 North Harper Avenue, West Hollywood


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